With the Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami the displacement was up to 10 meters to the west and southwest and several meters of vertical displacement of the ocean floor. The total length of the rupture parallel to the Sunda Trench has been estimated to be 1000-1300km long. This rupture took as long as 4 minutes to… » 10/24/13 1:31pm 10/24/13 1:31pm

When unconsolidated or non-solid soils are violently shaken they are no longer able to support the mass of a building or other dense object and that mass will sink. You will not see liquifaction on solid rock or a granite outcrop. Lake beds or areas with large amounts of fill dirt are nortorious for liquifaction. … » 10/01/13 12:37pm 10/01/13 12:37pm